Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Completion

I DID IT!


I completed Level 2 and will be moving to Level 3 ASAP.  Lots of work to get to this point but well worth it!  I have had the opportunity to learn from very talented instructors.  Thank you to all of them and to Altenew for promoting a course of learning the enriches all of my skills and challenges me to learn more and more new skills.  Onward and upward to the next Altenew adventure!

Look forward to more blog posts showing my next steps.  Have a wonderful week!!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Challenge

Challenge 2


Happy Monday, last day of September 2019.  I've been away from this blog toooo long.  We spent all of August in NJ. in our RV visiting our kids, Grandkids, and friends.  Always good to visit up there but always good to get home.  I've been busy getting my Level 2 challenge cards and projects finished.  The Challenge was 4 Masculine cards (Birthday, Thinking of You, Anniversary and Encouragement).  Plus an altered/upcycled Project.  WOW!

The Skill I used most is from the Layering 1 and 2 classes.  There are several exhibits of layering on the cards made for this challenge.  Next came Rise and Shine, the Sprinkle and Sparkle elements are on three of the four cards as well.  Skills from For the Guys and Easy Die Cutting were used on the cards as well.

Card 1 - Masculine Birthday Card (although I think it could be used for any birthday)! 



I started with the idea that I would use a stencil for this card,  So I chose the dark blue card stock and the Altenew Warp Speed stencil.  But.....trial and error prevailed and I didn't like what I saw so on to something else for this design.


I pulled  out my Tim Holtz stamping platform and multi-stamped the stars with Gina Ks Warm Glo ink.   The stars and the sentiment are from the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. Then I die cut each star. with my Gemini junior.


I then used sliver and white ink to splatter the background and just silver splatter on the stars .  The splatter technique comes from the Rise and Shine AECP class. I also chose a piece of reflections paper from Altenew's 6X6" paper pad and placed it on the center of the card front. 


As you can tell from above I experimented with the label.  Both labels were cut using a label punch but then I stamped first in the Warm Glo ink and I felt it blended to much with the stars.  I wasn't getting that WOW! factor.  So I stamped a second one with Starlight which brings out the background and blue stripe in the printed paper.  You can also see a few of my notes on the side.  Keeping notes for what you have used and what you are planing is simply a must for me.  What with normal interruptions in my day and my mind sometimes moving faster than fingers, I need notes to keep my artistic ideas on track.  Planning is a big deal when you are working on projects.  It just makes life easier.



The photo below shows me playing with the layout and final embellishments.  I added some glass red and gold stars.


Card 2- Happy Anniversary


First I used cute Penguin and Palm tree design elements from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Gradient Sunset stamp sets.


I choose an Olive card stock for this card.  The first thing was to get my blending brush out and blend the background.  Blending started with the sun in the upper left corner using Altenew's Honey Drizzle  ink.  I dipped the brush on the ink pad and stamped a little off on a scrap piece of paper. Add the ink to the upper left corner using the brush going in circles.  Clean or change your blender brush.   I moved to the bottom of the card using Hazelnut ink apply the ink from left to right again using the circular motion to create the sand.  Right below the sand I used the same technique with Aqualicious ink to create the water.  Once this is dry (I used my heat gun to dry this)  I splattered the background with with both Silver and White ink.


I colored my die cuts with markers and blended some of the colors. You cans see on the finished card that the leaves of the palm tree have been blended using two greens and the flower was blended using two different colors.  I die cut both of these images .  I taped the tree straight to the card front.  I stamped Happy Anniversary from the Gradient Sunset stamp set to white card stock with Altenew's black ink.  Using foam tape I added the sentiment to the card after playing with the placement.  Again using foam tape I added the penguin over the left lower corner of the sentiment and added sequins for added bling.  I used sparkle glue in the center of the sequins.

  Card - 3 Encouragement 


 This finished card used Altenew's Lighthouse Stamp set.  I played a lot with this card.   I used Markers and Watercolors, Stamps and Dies.  I started by choosing the aqua card stock for my card base.  Using white watercolor paper (41/4' x 51/2").  I spritzed the white card stock with water to get it wet so my watercolors would move.  I needed to spray this often to keep the paper wet.  I used Altenew Watercolors.  Starting at the top I brushed n Ocean Waves ink and moved it around until I got what I wanted.  Moving down n the paper I used Mocha to create the blended sand layer.  And the last was the water layer blended using lagoon.  I then added a little more ink to the blended areas for dimension.  Originally I stamped the lighthouse directly to the paper but it really lacked dimension.  I didn't like it at all.  So I started over.  I know start over?  But really I decided I might use that for something else another time. I didn't throw it out.  It wasn't a mistake just not what I wanted now.  It is in my stash.  So I did another watercolor background.



Below is stamp set and card stock selection.


On to the actual watercolor preparation.


Now I am playing with placement and and stamping my sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped on white paper using Altenew's Starlight ink.  I did multiples of the sentiment because I wasn't sure where it would be placed on the card.  So I have a couple of those in my stash to use later. 


Then I placed my items on the card.  The clouds are on with foam tape.  The birds were stamped directly on the card front.  I slid my sentiment under the cloud on the right side and decided to run it all the way across the card.  It is attached using double sided tape.  The light house was colored using markers.   Then die cut and attached with a little foam tape .  A variety of size sequins were added to finish.

Card - 4 Thinking of You


Two stamp sets were used here.  Altenew's Festive Silhouettes and Versatile Vases for the sentiment.


This card has six different layers.  I started with a cream colored card back.  There is a plaid print paper topper 4" X 51/4" and on top of that is a trim piece of the matching print paper that is 4" long.  The large piece is taped with double sided tape to the card base.  On top of that is the strip taped to the left side of the card to create a border.

I die cut a label out of oatmeal card stock.  I used a Close to My Heart embossing folder/ inked with Altenew Milk Chocolate ink right on the folder and ran it through my Gemini Jr. to create the wood grain.  Then I splattered the label with black Altenew ink.  I stamped a spot of black ink on my teflon sheet and spritzed it with water.  Loaded a paint brush and splattered.  I diluted the ink so it looks grey on the wood.  Hopefully I achieved a distressed look.


The Sentiment was stamped in Emerald ink on cream card stock. I cut the ends to give it a banner look.  I used the ink pad to ink up the outer edge of the banner for dimension.  The deer was stamped with Dark Chocolate ( I did go over it with a wet paintbrush to even out the ink a little). Sometimes I am a little too fussy!  Then die cut the deer.  I fussy cut the acorns from the printed paper and layered them with foam dots for a topper to the plaque.

Finally I added all the pieces to the top centering the plaque and the sentiment. 

MASCULINE scares me....but I think I rose to the occasion and hope you agree.  These cards used way more techniques than just three classes.  Some of those would be: Beyond Basics Backgrounds , Magical Marker Techniques, Creative Watercolor and  Beautiful Details to name a few.  I hope I always refer back to all the AECP classes in my creative future!

The Last part of this challenge is the Altered/Upcycled project.   I did two items.  If you would like instructions on these please contact me .

Altered/Upcycled - Coaster, Paperweight



Let's start with the Paperweight.  It is actually a domino.  I stamped the image using Stazon Black ink on a piece of tissue paper.  You may need to stamp several times until you get the result you want.  You could also cut a design or picture from printed paper.  I used Mod Podge Clear Spray on the clean domino front (not the side with the dots).  I cut the tissue paper smaller than the domino top. Then carefully add the tissue paper stamped image to the top.  I carefully positioned the image with my fingers until I liked what I saw.  I let this dry for about 20 minutes.  Then I used  a sponge brush (one of those you can buy in the craft store) to brush a mat finish Mod Podge on the top.  I didn't want glossy but you could do that to.  Mod Podge comes shinny or you could use glossy accents.  I finished this domino with a gold marker all the way around the top.  I use mine for a paper weight on my craft table to hold little pieces of die or fussy cuts that are waiting to be used.  Now let's chat about my coaster.    The tile is a tumbled tile I got from Lowe's.  They come in boxes of  6 or 8 I think.  I cleaned the tile with alcohol and let it dry for twenty minutes.  The background is just a large ink pad placed directly on the tile(pale rose).  Just a light tap on the tile touch and lift.  Dry completely.  I used a heat gun to dry.  But you could bake in over at 250 for 10 minutes (I think a craft toaster oven would be the best.  Not one you cook food in)!  I then stamped the black outline using Stazon Ink (you can see I might have let mine dry a little longer because you do see some running, but I like that warn look).  I used a paint brush and ink and colored the Flower and scented water with dusty rose.  The leaves are a forest green slightly diluted with water.  Again Dry -Oven dry is best to set all the ink.   I used a very flat wax on the top.  You can not place this in dishwasher, but I do wipe it with damp paper towel when I drip coffee on it.  I didn't but you could add felt to the bottom to avoid scratches.

The techniques in both of these could be reversed coaster to domino and domino to coaster.  Fun Items but I made these just  for me.  Seems we always make things for gifts for others.  Sometimes it is just good to make something for you!

To all my blog followers...please go visit the Altenew website for more ideas and inspiration.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Saturday

July 27, Saturday AM

Just thought I'd share what I have been up to this week.  It has been hot and steamy here in Florida with lots of rain.  The rain is good because the sun burns it off rather quickly.  Soooooo all that made for a good week to work on my stash for projects.  I did a lot of stamping and die cutting.  I will use these items later to color, watercolor or use my markers to prepare them for a project as I need them.  It is one of the many things I have learned from my Altenew Classes (AECP).  I stamped, die cut and separated by stamp set.  I am storing them in labeled medium sized storage bags which are available on the Altenew site (www.Altenew.com).  Then when I need them I just pull them out to begin a layout.  Lots of fun time stamping and cutting for another day!  I am also preparing for some time with the Kids and Grandkids so need to have some supplies at hand quick and easy during downtime.

As you can see my die cuts are in zip lock bags while I wait for my Altenew storage bags to arrive.  I also use their large storage bags to store my stamps and dies.  Storing them like that helps keep them together every time I want to use them.  No searching for parts.  I hope you have some fun working on a project of your own this weekend.  Enjoy the day!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Masking Unleashed

AECP Level 2

It is a beautiful hot summer day in Florida!  The clouds are big white and fluffy.  I hope you are all crafting close to a window so you get inspiration from the sunshine!  

Oh My Goodness I can hardly believe that Masking Unleashed is my final Level 2 AECP (Altenew Educational Certification Course).  Masking is a skill that enables you to place items so that they can over lap each other without over lapping design details.  Below are two of the cards I did using masking techniques.  If you have never used masking I would suggest that you go to www.Altenew.com look at the education tab and sign up for this class.  Try it you'll like it!!!

For the yellow flower card I used the Spring Daisy and Life is beautiful stamp and die sets.  You can find these sets and more at www.Altenew.com.  The mini inks I used are from the Golden Sunset, Delectable Delights, Frayed Leaf and Forest Green. I stamped the outline for the center flower with the Altenew Black permanent die.  I then used a flower die cut from masking paper to cover it up and stamped the outline of the two outside flowers.  I covered all three with masking die cuts to protect them and stamped the leaf outlines.  Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the card stock.  Masking paper has a light adhesive on the back of it to hold it in place while you stamp over it.  I helps protect the item or items that were stamped first.  I then went back and did the layers of the flowers and leaves masking as I went along.   I removed all the masking and mounted the card front to a piece of black card stock and then glued that to the card front.  I stamped three butterflies and used markers to color them. I added Three gold sequins for dimension.   It makes a nice summertime card for any occasion. 
For the second card I first stamped all flowers using masking tape as I went along .  My flowers and leaves are all two layer stamping.  Mini Inks Golden Sunset, Glacier Caves, Tea party and Tropical Forest were used to color this card.  I added my leaves using the masking process. I used masking on all the stamped images and added the vase stamped image.  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner and splattered the background with blue and black ink.  I die cut one of the rose colored flowers and two leaf sets and mounted them using foam tape for a little dimension.  I didn't care for the card just flat on the card front(my personal preference).  I added a dark blue card stock  to the back and glued the whole thing to the card front.  I then added Nuvo drops and some Wink of Stella to the flowers and the leaves.  This is a multiple use card.  Birthday, Get Well, Anniversary etc. 


These were so much fun to make.  Even those this is the last class from Level 2 there will be more posts to follow.  I will continue to share what I've learned and am learning in hopes that some of you will follow in my path.  If I can answer any questions please leave me comments and questions.  #lindashellerhuffman; #Altenew; #AECP
Have a wonderful weekend.

Magical Markers

Certification Class

I'm so excited I have just completed the last two of the Level 2 Certification Classes at Altenew!  Magical Markers is the first of the two.  These classes are so educational, inspiring and just plain fun!!!  I know that everyone isn't interested in becoming certified but taking classes, any classes at Altenew is an experience you should try.  

Time to move onto my card projects for the Magical Marker Class.


Most of my inspiration for these two cards came from Day 3 and Day 4 of this class.  I don't always find markers to be my go to for card making.  This class taught me how to take advantage of markers in my artwork. 
I started by splattering my card background on the top of my card base.  I used blue and black ink splatters.  I attached a piece of blue and white card stock to the bottom of the card front.  I stamped the sentiment in Altenew permanent black Crisp Ink and attached it to the bottom left side of the card front.  I tied a piece of twine around the top of the blue and white paper on the bottom.  Next I stamped my flower and leaf outlines on vellum and colored them with markers.  The Stamp and die sets I used were Build a Flower Japanese Mum and Beautiful Day.  Both sets are available on the Altenew.com website.  The Marker sets I used were Cool Summer Night (3 shades) and Green Fields (2 shades).  Die cutting the flower and leaves came next and arranging them on the card front.  I used an Altenew drop for a pop of color in the center of the flower and Nuvo drops for dimension.   

The pink card is a lot of the same thing from the card above but the arrangement is a little different.  I hope you enjoy the difference the color changes make in my cards.  



Creativity doesn't always come at the drop of a hat.  For me especially when it's a marker challenge.  I learned not to be blocked by insecurity.  Just jump right in and try.  It takes practice!

I hope you have a great day and try making a card or two using Altenew markers. 
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Class - Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew's Heat Embossing Class


Wow! What a fun class taught by Svetlanna Marchenko.  This class is loaded with great information and lots of techniques!!!  If you get a chance to sign up for this one it is really good.  I've stamped for a long time but there is always something to learn.  I started these cards by stamping the outline with embossing ink and powder.  Then I heat embossed with a heat gun.  The next step was to water color the pieces.  I have to say that when I started the water coloring of the flowers I didn't like my first layer.  As I started to add more color and move it around with water I began to really want to see more.  The rose and orange flowers on the green card was my first. I like this card a lot except for the placement of the leaves.  I thought I could place all my elements on the first layer all at once.  Well....I can't.  I should have definitely done the flowers first then masked and done the leaves.  My card has the leaves floating out in empty space instead of connected to the flowers.  Lesson 1 learned!  When I got to the lavender cards I had an issue with my die cuts.  The die pulled up some of the white embossed portion of the element.  Two things here...first my die must have been a little off the line, second I think if I maybe used a piece of wax paper between the die and the image this wouldn't have happened.  But oh my goodness did I have fun!  Die cutting, water coloring, placing the elements, deciding on the backrounds, adding the splattering and adding the Nuvo drops.   The Altenew stamp and die set is the Build a Flower Dahlia. You can see this set at www.Altenew.com.  Go Explore the site.  You'll find a ton of inspiration and lots more product to choose from.  Hopefully you have some carding making going on this weekend.  I do!!!  
Above is a picture of tree of the cards I made after taking this class.  You can see that color changes the whole look of a card.


I really hope you enjoyed my blog and pictures!  Please leave me a comment if you have any questions!  Have a wonderful weekend.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altenew Color Your Day

Altenew Level 2

Good Afternoon everyone.   It is a warm sunny day here in Florida.  I guess the weather is so pretty I'm having a little trouble being motivated.  I thought maybe writing my blog would inspire me to share good things with you.  

Theresa Calvird taught this Color Your Day set of six classes.  She shared so many helpful trick and tips.  One tip was " embossing powder sticks to water as well as it does to embossing ink".  This was a real new one for me.  It works.  Try splattering  water on your card stock with a paint brush and sprinkle the drops with embossing powder.  Then heat with an embossing gun like you normally would, Wala...it is great new look!

My first card today is from Class #3 How Much Color.  The Stamp Set is Altenew's Build a Flower Japanese Mum.  The back ground is three shades of gray and one shade of blue from the Altenew ink sets Rock Collection and Glacier Caves.  Plus some black.    For the background I used the mini ink pads and spread ink on a large acrylic block.  Then I sprayed the block with water.  I turned the block upside down and stamped the paper.  I got a blended kind of splattered look (which I didn't like at first).  I let that paper thoroughly dry and added some splatters of gray.  I set it aside again to dry,  I moved to stamping my mums.  The outline is black the first layer was the littlest shade of gray and the next one was a little darker shade.  The last layer is Arctic Blue.   The classes suggest to try a 70/20/10 ratio of color.  My 10% is black, the blue is 20% blue and the 70% is gray.  I layered  the card base with a light gray paper to frame my top piece.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using the matching dies and mounted them using liquid glue and foam tape for dimension.  I then add three different size Black Nuvo drops in a triangular shape.  I hope you like it.  


The second card is from Class # 5 "Changing it Up".  The card base is white card stock with a black framing layer and then the top layer is and olive green.  Altenew's Flower Vine Stamp and die set was used to create the floral vine.  It is stamped in black ink and then colored in using prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I added a half circle in a light green and then the vine.  Then I added the sentiment.  I die cut two white layers and one yellow and  glued them together for a dimensional sentiment and glued it to the card front.  I added three clear drops to the card front.


For my third card I started by using the Altenew Square Weave Pattern Stencil.   I used Honey Drizzel Ink and the Tim Holtz blender to add the pattern to the card base.  The Stamp and Die set for this card is the Altenew Flower Arrangement.   The flowers and leaves are stamped in inks from Sweet Dreams and Spring Bouquet.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and leaves for a dimensional look and three blue Nuvo drops.   


Well, I hope I was able to peak your motivation so you will try these too!  Have a great week!!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Level 2 Beautiful Details

Three Creations

Good morning everyone!  Hope your day is extra special! 
The first of my three projects is from the Beautiful Details class "Artistic Flowers".  A very interesting class taught by Marika Rahtu.  She really challenges every participant to think outside the box when working with stamps.  The stamp set I used is Etheral Beauty.  I only used one of the leaves from this set to build my flowers.  I started with Altenew's Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I stamped the leaves three or four times with Pure Graphite ink before re-inking the stamp to achieve several shades of one color.  Imagine just a simple little leaf stamp creates such a pretty flower with a ton of dimension.  The ink is from the Altenew mini set "Rock Collection.  Once my flowers were stamped I went in with my black micron pen and added some outlines and stems.  Can you imagine what they looked like before the outlining?  The flowers themselves actually tell you what to add as you go.  Just try it once and see for yourself.  I added a sentiment stamped in Pure Graphite from the Build a Flower set Coral Charm.  Then I added Nuvo drops.  Don't you know when I want all the drops the same size its hard to do but when I don't want them all the same it was even harder!  I am practicing these drops and working toward being able to create lots of different sizes.  I then glued the card top to the dark gray card base and added a slim strip of black paper to the bottom of the card front.  I will be adding this technique to my future projects.  I hope you like the finished project! 


The next project is from the Detailed Leaves class.  Again I used the Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I splattered the background using three shades of gray.  I set it aside to dry.  Beautiful Day is the Altenew stamp set I used for the leaves and the flowers.  I used white card stock for both.  The leaf coloring is three shades of Spectrum Noir markers.  And again I used my micron pen to sketch the lines on the leaves.  The flower was stamped with black ink.  Both images were cut using the matching Altenew dies.  I glued the card top to the dark gray card base I then added the leaves.  I used foam tape to add the flower for a pop up.The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock and attached to the bottom right of the card.  Then I added crystal clear drops to the front of the card.

The last card today is from the Soft Daisy class.  The card topper is white with three shades of  of yellow and orange splatters ( I think I used a little too much splatter on this I might go a little less on the next card).    I cut a square window and added black dots all around the outside to give it a stitched look.  I added foam tap to pop up the window.  The stamp set is Spring Daisy from Altenew.  The sentiment was stamped in black directly to the topper.  The daisy and the leaves were embossed on vellum using a clear embossing powder.   They were both colored on the back using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  This was my very first vellum project.  I think I was just scared to try it.....but Marika showed me the way.  If you have been holding back with Vellum....Try it You'll like it!  Now I will use this technique again and again.  I added some clear rain drops and dots to finish the card.  I can truly tell you that I learned a lot from these six classes.  All the Altenew classes are challenging and fun.  

Again I am thrilled to share my projects with you.  I hope you will share yours with me.  Have a wonderful week.  #Altenew;#AECP



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes

Level 2 Polychromatic

It is Tuesday May 28.  The start of a new week after Memorial Day.  I trust that you all enjoyed your extended holiday weekend.  It seems like no matter what I do I always seem to start my productive day at 11AM.  Whether it is an early shower and picking things up form the day before or doing laundry etc.  I am ready to go at 11AM.  I will be working on  getting my act together earlier (that's retirement for you)!  Today's post will feature three cards I made as a result of the Polychromatic class taught by Nina-Marie Trapani.  I learned so many things from this set of 6 classes and I will share some of those things with you.   The focus of this class was color....using several different tools. 

I chose a purple card stock for my first card.  To create my background I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew.  This set has multiple layers for stamping but I only used the outline stamp for this.  I stamped the outline in Altenew's Hydrangea ink.  Markers were used for the detail coloring.  Always start with the lightest color then darker to create your layered look. So I used a light lavender shade from my Spectrum Markers for the lighter dimension on my petals.  Then I used a darker shade of lavender for the folded edges of the petals.  I also went back to highlight the edges with a white colored pencil from Prismacolor.  What do you think?  Do the flowers look like they are popping off the paper?  I used a black micro pen to color the stamen.  The sentiment is on Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack and white cardstock.  Doesn't "Bloom with Joy" seem to go with this card?  I added sequins and three lavendar Nuvo drops to embellish it.



My second card is a simple "Hello"  which I hope anyone would like to receive.  This one is a little more complicated in that it requires a few more steps and tools.  The background is white 110 Lb card stock.  It is spattered with three colors of ink.  The floral section was done the same way the 1st card was done but I ran Hello through the die cutting machine and removed the card stock above the die cut.   I set the die cut word aside for future use and die cut hello out of the base purple and two times out of white.   those pieces were stacked and glued together.  The back ground piece was glued to the card and the Hello was fit into the die cut space.  I added a sentiment directly to the card and then some clear drops for dimension.   



Then I thought I might try working with a watercolor background in the pretty yellow and orange colors from the Altenew Golden Sunset ink group.  I used three shades from this set.  I used the darkest shade to color the edges of this layer.  Then  I stamped two layers of the Build a Flower Hyacinth onto a wet card stock let it dry and then two layers of green on the stems.  After drying I stamped the image with a black layer of dimension (not an outline) and die cut both images.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card stock.  The watercolor cardstock was glued to the orange card base. The flowers were attached using one layer foam tape.  The sentient used two layers of foam tape.  I add yellow and orange Nuvo drops for dimension.  

My conclusion is that every class I take I learn many things.  Every card I make I learn even more!  Practice Makes Perfect!  Not that there is such a thing as a perfect card but working towards perfection is what it is all about!  You can find all kinds of inspiration on Altenew.com
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes

CREATIVE WATERCOLOR MEDIA


Mother's Day is Sunday so I thought I would catch up my blog with the latest cards I made for Creative Watercolor Media.  This set of classes was taught by three very talented instructors Jennifer Rzasa, Debbie Hughes and Laura Basson.   Such fun classes using different tools for water coloring.  These classes were a challenge for me because I don't own any sprays and my only reinker is black.  So I improvised using my mini cube inks.  My first card is from lesson #3 .  It is my first shaker card.  I love creating something I haven't done in the past.  The back ground was done using Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I blended three colors from the Golden Sunset mini inks.  Using Garden Grows  and Life is Beautiful stamp set I stamped images using Permanent (we don't want the ink to smear or spread when using water) Black Altenew ink.  Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender to color the images.  The window shaker came from Queen and Company.  The flowers on the frame are two step stamping with Sunray, Velvet and Rouge mini inks..

I'm leaving the first construction picture smaller because I didn't realize the photo was a little blurry and I can't go back and take it again.  I'm learning.....  This photo is just to provide a look at the process of things like fussy cutting, embellishment layout and tools.
  
Here is the finished card.  I am so proud of how it turned out.



I created two more cards.  Using info I learned from Jennifer Rzasa in Class #4 Ink Sprays.   For these cards I needed to improvise because I  don't own ink sprays.  I used my mini cubes and water to create splattered back rounds with two shades of ink.  The stamp and die  set is Peony Spray.  I used three shades of ink for the leaves to make a loose watercolor image.  Both flowers are popped up using foam  squares.  I also used three ink colors for the flowers.  On the pink card I fussy cut images from Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack for my embellishments. On the green card I used Black Nuvo drops.  Two cards that are very similar and yet different.



 Happy Mother's Day to any of you who are Mother's!!!!  And Happy Weekend to all of you!!!!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Level 2 Altenew Classes

With A Twist

With a Twist is the third class of ten in the Altenew Education Certification Program taught by Theresa Calvird.  There were six classes in this section.  I have created several cards and will be sharing three of them.  I really enjoyed doing all three but do have my own favorite which I will share first.  

The favorite card was a result of class #6 Die Cut With a Twist.  Hope you like it.


This is a standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5").  I used 110 lb white card stock for the base.  This is a top fold card.  Altenew's Bamboo Rose Stamp and Die set were used.  Below shows all the flowers I stamped and colored.  I used Altenew mini inks, water and a brush to water color the flowers and leaves.  All the flowers were stamped with the permanent black ink first and then water colored with the Red Sunset mini group inks.  For the leaves I used the Tropical Forest mini inks.  You can see I stamped a lot of flowers.  What I don't use I will have on hand to use on another card.

The next step was to die cut the flowers using my Gemini Junior cutting machine.   This takes a bit of time, but well worth it.  I used blush and olive inks to splatter tiny drops to the the card top.  Then the fun begins.  

Placing the flowers to the card top making room for the stamped sentiment.  I played with the flowers and two butterflies.  Once I got what I liked I took a picture.  I removed the grouping from the top and located my space for the sentiment.   Then I removed everything and stamped the sentiment in black. Using my photo of the arrangement I glued each of the elements to the card front. 

I am sharing two more finished cards from the With a Twist classes.  The first is from the class Cutting it Oddly.  I used an oval card to die cut the bottom opening.   This was done with colored pencils and blender tool.  The stamp sets are Flower Vine and Happy Bloom.  




The final card is made using a light violet paper for the card base.  The stamp set is Golden Garden.  I first stamped the outlines in embossing ink and embossed with a gold powder.  Once that was all cooled off I stamped the layer using a medium shade of violet.  Be sure to wipe the embossed areas  once you are done stamping.  The ink will just sit on top of the embossing so it will smear if you don't wipe it off.  You can tell by this card that I need to do a little work on my layers but the effect is still good.  I did three of this one.  What I would plan for in the future is leaving a little white space
(moving the flowers a little further apart).  The sentiment is a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  The i has a little pink drop . 



Now after seeing all three, which one was your favorite?  My Journey with Altenew continues.  I am learning and sharing as I go.  Next class on my journey is "Creative Watercolor Media".  Stay tuned for more.  Please leave me a message with questions or comments.  Have a great week!!!

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